• Difference Between Japanese And NZ Houses Part 2

      2017/05/21    New Home 新築, What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi all, After entering the school and apprenticeship period, with my knowledge and feeling involved in New Zealand architecture for a total of 13 years, I thought about New Zealanders’ attitude toward home design. (日本語訳下にあります) New Zealand Housing Situation In the past 30 years, the house price doubled every ten years. In the latest years, it has doubled only for about 3 – 4 years. Even if houses become old, if they are nicely renovated, their property value will not decrease. Rather, there are many people who like old houses and appreciate their age and value. Property prices go up due to New Zealand as a diversified investment destination from the world and that this country attracts wealthy people for their children’s study abroad destination. The […]

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  • Central Auckland New Home Project #2

      2017/05/14    New Home 新築, The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi All, Thanks for visiting Japan Homes Blog!! Central Auckland New Home Project At Finishing Stage We have a new home project in Central Auckland area that begun last year and going to complete soon next month. This is a double storey house with a double garage, 5 bedrooms (2 ensuite), 3 bathrooms(2 ensuite), 2 lounges and the total floor area of 240m2. At the moment the interior painting has been done, and waterproofing of the bathrooms has also been finished. Below is our construction schedule (gantt chart). We are going to start tiling in the bathrooms next week. Bathroom Tiling Plans A few weeks before the tiler work begins we prepared the bathroom tiling plans for the tile work for our client to check the […]

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  • Japan Homes Paint Color Trend 2017!

      2017/05/11    Renovation 改装

    Dusky and Earthy When we build a new home or renovate an existing house, we need to select a color for wall, ceiling, soffit and fascia etc. Our paint brand Resene have 100 of colors choice, and the variations sometimes makes us challenging. Usually we ask clients to choose 3 different colors. But once we do a test paint onsite, clients can easily pick up one color. Inspiration is the most important thing. It is always exciting time in a meeting. The current popular colors in Japan Homes and NZ are grey earthy tones such as: Double Black White Half Sea Fog Soapstone Truffle Alabaster is always popular too. For shades (roof etc), darker tones are matching. Quarter Ironsand Tapa Thunder Grey These grey colors […]

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  • Difference Between Japanese And NZ Houses Part 1

      2017/05/07    New Home 新築, What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi all, (日本語訳下にあります) After entering the builder school and apprenticeship period I have been involved in New Zealand building industry for 13 years in total. I often see the difference in a point of view on New Zealand houses from Japanese designers like us, and from New Zealanders and the Chinese so would like to write down here a little about this topic. Design Discussion With Customers Customers who inquire to Japan Homes often think that “The Japanese do a good job” or “Japanese have good ideas” ,etc. However, when we propose some ideas they sometimes do not quite like these and even propose a different idea that we professionals cannot provide because we know much about the design theory and often hard to get out […]

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  • Central Auckland New Home Project #1

      2017/04/30    New Home 新築, The Way We Work 仕事のこだわり

    Hi there, (日本語訳下にあります) We have an on-going new home project near New Market. This is a large high-end 3-Storey residential building with a number of beautiful design features and I would talk about one of these Today. Exterior Cladding What is unique is that the cladding system is a mixture of 3 different types of  materials (see the drawing below) Weatherboad Alcobond (Metal Cladding) Plaster on Bricks You see the mixed use of the different materials provides a stylish contemporary look. Vertical Weatherboards With Different Profile in Each Board Moreover, the vertical weatherboards have a unique feature that each board has a different width. If you look closely into the part of the above photo marked in red you see each board has a different […]

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      2017/04/23    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Hi there, I have visited the Hamilton Gardens during Easter Holiday, which is a spiritual place for me, especially the Japanese garden. (日本語訳下にあります) What I Felt In Japanese Garden On the visit of the Gardens I looked thorough the Italian and Indian garden and finally reached the Japanese garden where I felt something special, like feeling the universe. When I was looking at the Japanese garden from inside the garden house with the low-hang eaves I understood the concept of the Japanese garden which the garden is a part of the universe. (Japanese Garden in Hamilton Gardens) (Looking the Japanese Garden from inside the garden house) It is like seeing the outside world from within the tiny self. Compared to the whole universe myself is […]

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  • Japan Homes Standard Kitchen With Full of Careness

      2017/04/16    Kitchen キッチン, New Home 新築, Renovation 改装

    Comfortable & Affordable – this is our motto for clients happiness. Japan Homes have own finishing selections for New Homes. We have been trying to select the best items from best suppliers for years, thinking about our clients smiles. Today I want to introduce you some of the selections. For the person who stays the longest at home, one of the main things to think is a Kitchen. As I am mother of a son, I always love to discuss a kitchen plan with clients, see how each kitchen is made together at the end and imagine how my kitchen in the future will be. A Kitchen consists of many components such as, most importantly its layout, colors, benchtop, cabinets, sink, water tap, appliances, splashback, […]

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  • Northshore New Home Project #1 Has Been Complete!!

      2017/04/16    Minor Unit マイナーユニット, New Home 新築

    Thanks for visiting Japan Homes blog. (日本語訳下にあります) We have just completed the new minor dwelling unit that I have recently updated a post about. Now I can compare the original Building Consent (BC) plan with what is actually built. Exterior Below are the BC drawing showing how the exterior of this building is supposed to look and the photos of the new building. North and East Facade You see the actual building and the BC plans look same, except for the gas infinity location where we moved close to the kitchen for a quicker supply of hotwater to the kitchen than the original position. South and West Facade The ground is not finished for landscaping but the new building and BC plans look same as well. […]

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  • Japan Homes in 2016

      2017/04/12    What I feel 自分が感じたこと

    Thanks for visiting our blog. (日本語訳下にあります) Japan Homes did the first internal meeting in 2017 – 2018 financial year. In regards to last year business, each company staff expressed their impressions and comments on everything related to this company And talked about the objectives of 2017 etc. It was a good meeting. We discussed the following topics that how we provided our comfortable and affordable homes to our clients. Human Resources I think that all of our company staff are good people. After 10 years of management, what I have noticed is that, even if you do not have a lot of work experience but are “honest, serious, faithful to the basic principles” and can work in this way everyday you will be able to provide […]

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  • Northshore New Home Project #2

      2017/04/09    Minor Unit マイナーユニット, New Home 新築

    Hi everyone, Thanks for visiting our blog. (日本語訳下にあります) We have another on-going new Granny flat (minor dwelling) project near Glenfield, Northshore. New 60m2 Granny Flat Plan The new building will be located at the backyard of the property and be a rental property. Actually, having a minor unit is great way to get rental income these day as the average property rental price is going up rapidly in Auckland.   Similar to the other new minor unit project, our planning concept is “Comfortable Living for Small Family” so we included following ideas in the plans: Relatively large and functional open plan kitchen, dinning and lounge for this size of residential building Large and functional kitchen Enough Storage (Storage and Wardrobes) North-facing Lounge and Dinning for […]

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